Cornwall Senior Cup

The Cornwall County Football Association Senior Cup, commonly known as the Cornwall Senior Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football for clubs based in Cornwall, run by and named after the Cornwall County Football Association. It is a County Cup competition involving clubs from the South West Peninsula League, East Cornwall League and Cornwall Combination.

Cornwall Senior Cup
Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892)
RegionCornwall
Number of teams52
Current championsBodmin Town
Most successful club(s)Truro City (16 titles)
WebsiteCornwall Senior Cup

As of the 2015–16 season, the competition is called the RGB Senior Cup for sponsorship reasons. The reigning champions are Bodmin Town, who defeated Godolphin Athletic in the 2016 final to win the cup for the fifth time in seven years. It was Godolphin's second successive defeat in the final.

HistoryEdit

The competition was created in 1892 by the Cornwall County Football Association to provide a knockout tournament for the county's clubs.[1] The inaugural tournament was won by Penzance in 1893. The competition did not take place between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War, and again between 1939 and 1945 due to the Second World War. In previous years, clubs were grouped together in earlier rounds due to Cornwall's geography, with a runner-up match being played alongside the final. This was discontinued in 1978, with the Cornwall Junior Cup taking its place.[2] Both matches are played on Easter Monday at a neutral venue.

FormatEdit

The Cornwall Senior Cup is contested by 52 clubs, as of the 2009–10 season, with seven rounds being played to decide the winner.[3]

The preliminary round is made up of twenty-four clubs from the Cornwall Combination and East Cornwall League, played during the month of September. The first round is made up of the winners from the previous round and the clubs who received a bye, which takes place in October. The second round, played in December, is when clubs from the South West Peninsula League enter the competition, joining the eight winners from the previous round.

The third round is made up of sixteen teams, and the quarter-finals are made up of eight teams, with ties being played during the months of January and February respectively. The remaining clubs enter the semi-finals, which are played at a neutral venue in March, with the final being contested in April, again at a neutral venue.

Round Main date Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Preliminary Round September 52 24 24 Cornwall Combination
East Cornwall League
First Round October 40 16 12 4 Cornwall Combination
East Cornwall League
Second Round December 32 32 8 24 SWPL Premier Division
SWPL Division One West
Third Round January 16 16 16
Quarter-Finals February 8 8 8
Semi-Finals March 4 4 4
Final April 2 2 2

FinalsEdit

This section lists every final of the competition played since 1893, the winners, the runners-up, and the result.

KeyEdit

* Match went to a replay
Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
# Shared trophy

1893–1912Edit

1913–1932Edit

1933–1952Edit

1953–1972Edit

1973–1992Edit

1993–2012Edit

2013–presentEdit

Season Winner Score Runners–up Notes
2012–13 Bodmin Town 4–3 † Helston Athletic
2013–14 St Austell 5–3 ‡ Bodmin Town [10][11]
2014–15 St Austell 3–0 Godolphin Atlantic
2015–16 Bodmin Town 7–0 Godolphin Atlantic [12]
2016–17 Bodmin Town 2-1 Saltash United [13]
2017–18 Saltash United 3-2 Mousehole
2018–19 Falmouth Town 2-1 Saltash United [14]

Table of winnersEdit

Club Wins Last final won
Truro City 16 2008
St Austell 14 2015
Falmouth Town 12 2019
St Blazey 11 2002
Torpoint Athletic 11 1996
Penzance 10 1981
Saltash United 10 2018
Liskeard Athletic 8 2003
Bodmin Town 7 2017
Newquay 5 1992
Launceston 4 2005
Looe Town 3 1926
Bugle 1 1952
Camborne 1 1894
Helston Athletic 1 1937
Porthleven 1 2004
Wadebridge Town 1 1980

SponsorshipEdit

  • 2012–13 The competition was known as the Westinsure Senior Cup
  • 2015– RGB Builders

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cornwall Senior Cup[permanent dead link] Cornwall County Football Association. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. ^ Cornwall Junior Cup Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine Cornwall County Football Association. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  3. ^ Round Dates Archived 2010-05-03 at the Wayback Machine Cornwall County Football Association. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  4. ^ Impartial (22 April 1897). "Football". The Cornishman (981). p. 8.
  5. ^ "Cornwall County Cup". The Cornishman (1032). 14 April 1888. p. 5.
  6. ^ "Penzance v Launceston". The Cornubian and Redruth Times (1973). 12 April 1901. p. 7.
  7. ^ The Sportsman (31 March 1904). "Football Gossip". The Cornishman (1343). p. 7.
  8. ^ "Cornish Association Cup". The Cornishman (1344). 7 April 1904. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Cornwall County Cup". Cornishman (1399). 27 April 1905. p. 4.
  10. ^ Power, Ben (16 April 2013). "Bodmin beat Helston in seven goal thriller to retain Senior Cup". Falmouth Packet. Falmouth. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. ^ Hall, Lee (17 April 2013). "Bodmin Town win thriller to lift Cornwall Senior Cup". Cornish Guardian. Bodmin. Retrieved 23 August 2016.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Gray, Chris (21 August 2016). "Cup holders drawn at home". Independent (Cornwall). p. 42.
  13. ^ "Football: Saltash United denied in Cornwall Senior Cup final". Cornish Times. 17 April 2017.
  14. ^ Final 2019

External linksEdit